Para Woodlands
nature reserve

A restoration challenge


Area 500 ha (5 sq km)
Location 5 km North-east of Gawler
Consisting Revegetation of native grass and plant species
Acquired 2003
Management Nature Foundation and Department for Environment and Water

Para Woodlands is a former farming property generously donated by Mrs Elizabeth Law-Smith OAM and her late husband David to Nature Foundation. Further property directly connecting donated land is owned by the Department for Environment and Water, with the combined area totalling 500 ha. 

The aim for this reserve is to restore the natural ecosystem to conserve wildlife. The property consists of existing remnant vegetation, including River Red Gum, Peppermint Box, SA Blue Gum, native grasses and herbs. The Para Woodlands Restoration Project is mainly focusing on restoring a functioning grassy ecosystem to the site. It includes maintaining remnant vegetation, revegetation of local native species and eradication of weedy species.

In June 2016, 10,000 native seedlings were planted as part of the two-day Para Woodlands planting event. About 100 volunteers participated, assisted by a Green Army team that spent six months working at Para Woodlands.

By restoring Para Woodlands it is hoped that threatened woodland bird species of the Mount Lofty Ranges will re-establish in this area.

View Para Woodlands YouTube Video